Rhona-YOU are the one who stated your intention to become a nurse. If it is such a waste of time, education, and money, WHY would you say that? What makes you think you have lived longer than I or that your life experiences taught you more than mine did me, or that i too have not seen a lot of life. I never called you ignorant, I never said you were beneath me. Only that if your attitude is that nurses whine about how hard they have it while they sit around all day, then my advice to you was to lose the attitude, or you would never make it in the health care profession working with people instead of brooms. I have & still do give plenty of bedbaths, ambulate patients daily, and most certainly talk with the patients and hold their hands, plus all of the other tasks and responsibilites that a nurse has daily. I AM doing the caring! And if you check out the 4th line of my first post, you'll notice that I stated we need housekeeping as much as nursing-and I'll go on record here to say that we need ALL the departments you mentioned in your post. A hospital of today could not function without them. But nursing historically filled ALL these jobs, long before medical care became so technical and now people who are sicker and sicker are able to be treated and made well. Today, we have no time to do it all, but we still could, if need be
It really makes me laugh that people who have no clue what we do have such an opinion on it. You insult me when you say that I would not sit at a table with you. I have news for you-my last job, which i was in for over 5 years, had an extremely close group of people from the head nurse to the nurses, nursing assistants, secretaries, transporters and housekeepers assigned to our floor. Once a month we went out for dinner, or to someone's house for a get together. I really miss that gang, but after 7 years have lost touch with all but 3 of them. One is an RN, one is the secretary, and the 3rd one-you guessed it-is Angie the housekeeper!